Maitland Middle School Students Raise Mammogram Funds

Thanks to students at Maitland Middle School, local residents will be able to get screening mammograms they ordinarily couldn’t afford.

Maitland Middle check presentationThe students, who recently presented a $307 check for the Winter Park Memorial Hospital (WPMH) Mammography Scholarship Fund, raised the money by purchasing pink bracelets for a dollar each at school.

It was all part of Breast Cancer Awareness month, an annual campaign held across the country in October to increase awareness of the disease.

The campaign at Maitland Middle School was coordinated by Russell Stevens, Healthy School Team Leader and P.E. instructor. Activities included the sale of the bracelets as well as a “Pink Out” day on October 15 when students were invited to wear pink.

This was the first time a school had partnered with WPMH for its October Pink Out Winter Park campaign to raise funds for mammograms, according to Jennifer Bowman, with Florida Hospital Marketing. She said she would like to work with more schools in the future.

Coach Stevens already is making plans to participate again next year. He’s hoping Maitland Middle will be able to double its contribution with some advance planning.

WPMH has raised more than $74,000 this year for the scholarship fund, enough to provide more than 493 screening mammograms to local women and men who can’t afford a mammogram.

To access the mammography fund, individuals can obtain an application by calling 407-303-1488 or by sending an email to fundcoordinator@flhosp.org.